Look To God's Word

August 8, 2002
by Jim Vaughan

We all face struggles in our daily lives. As I was watching my mother go through one recently, I asked God to give her something she could lean on. The following verses are what He gave to her.

Psalm 139:1-36 – O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. (NIV)

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)

Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (NIV)

Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

These scriptures need no explanation, and they are powerful because they are God's word. They helped my mother to be victorious in her struggle. It is my prayer that they will give each of us encouragement for whatever we face. Let's meditate on these scriptures and let the Holy Spirit move in us.

What burdens can't we carry? Let's give them to God. Isn't that where they belong anyway?

Prayer: Gracious heavenly Father, thank You that Your promises are not just ink on paper, but truths for us to draw strength, comfort, and guidance from, in our lives. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Jim Vaughan
Quitman, Georgia, USA

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